Abilene Christian sweeps Division II for second straight year
Mar. 08, 1997
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ Lorraine Graham of Lincoln had the fastest collegiate time in any division when she won the 400-meter event at the NCAA Division II indoor track and field championships Saturday.
Graham completed the race in 52.22 seconds, more than two seconds ahead of runner-up Katina Sommers of Abilene Christian. Graham lowered the meet record of 53.73, which she tied in winning the event last year.
The junior took the lead out of the blocks and was leading by almost two seconds with a 24.80 split for her first 200.
``I am surprised by the time,'' Graham said. ``I usually go out very fast and did that today.''
Abilene Christian retained the men's and women's team titles. The men outscored the next four teams in accumulating a record 128 points. St. Augustine's was second with 43, followed by South Dakota at 29. The women had more of a challenge, finishing with 76 points in claiming a fifth straight team title and its ninth in 10 years.
Tambi Wenj of Cal State-Los Angeles also set a meet record, defending his title in the men's shot put with a personal best of 64-feet, 7 1/4 inches to top Friday night's winning effort of 62-4 1/2 by Tennessee's Aaron Ausmus in the Division I meet.
Abilene Christian's men began pulling away when three of its runners finished second, third and fourth in the mile, which was won by defending champion Alexander Alexin of Central Missouri State in 4:05.49. Thomas Korir led the trio of Abilene Christian runners in the final at 4:05.83.
Among the women's winners was sophomore Delloreen Ennis of Abilene Christian, who finished the 55-meter hurdle race in 7.74 as she pulled away from the field by the second hurdle and was never challenged.
But Ennis failed in her bid to double by finishing third in defense of her championship in the sprint event, which was won Lincoln's Bev Grant in 6.91. Ennis took the lead at the gun, but was overtaken by Grant and runner-up Elisha Marshall of North Carolina Central with 15 meters to go.
South Dakota's Steve Gordon also got in on the record-breaking, topping the triple jump mark of 52-10 3/4 set by Jonathan Jordan of Cal State-Los Angeles last year. Gordon had his record-breaking effort on the fifth of his six attempts, going 53-7.